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Letter: de Vos, Waldow, rural health care rates double

Letter to the Editor,

Health insurance rates for many areas in Colorado are the highest in the nation, tax subsidies are not available many who need them. In Colorado, health insurance rates are set by geographic area—there are nine primary areas and several smaller sub areas.

In rural or resort areas there is less competition for health care services which results in higher rates—many of us here in Grand County are currently paying premiums which are as much as double those in urban areas.

House Bill 16-1336 is requesting a study to determine the viability of establishing a single geographic area consisting of the entire state for use in determining premium rates for individual health benefit plans. The bill passed the House Committee on March 24 and has been read twice on the House Floor. It will now go before a Senate Committee (likely on April 14) for hearing and testimony.

Please join us in making it clear to the State of Colorado Government that all residents are equal when it comes to the need for health insurance. Visit the website http://www.equalrates.com for more information and to sign the online petition. There are currently over 1,300 signatures on the petition and the goal is to be able to present the Senate Committee with at least 2,000.

Contact our State Senator, Randy Baumgardner at 303-866-5292 or Randy.Baumgardner.Senate@state.co.us to encourage his support of House Bill 16-1336 and attend the hearing at the State Capitol (find the calendar at http://www.leg.state.co.us for scheduling).

Help ensure Equal Rates for all Coloradans!

Francie de Vos, Fraser

Eileen Waldow, Fraser

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